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March 18, 2015 edition of the Sooke News Mirror

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<ul><li><p>C O M M U N I T Y N E W S M E D I A</p><p>Black PressWednesday, March 18, 2015Agreement#40110541</p><p>Editorial Page 9 </p><p>Entertainment Page 13</p><p>Sports/stats Page 31</p><p>36 pages in one section</p><p>GERMAN ROMANTICS</p><p>Concert by SPO Chamber Players </p><p>and Chorus. Page 13</p><p>7x2.5Davis</p><p>3.125x1.2Dimock</p><p>Couple faced nightmare experience in MexicoSooke couple deals with costly medical emergency Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror</p><p>The ambulance parked in front of Kelly and Paul DeRoccos home on Anna Marie Road signals some sort of medical emergency. It was. Kelly and Paul had just returned from a nightmare experi-ence in Mexico and the stress has left her vul-nerable to heart palpi-tations. That was what she was experiencing on March 11 just days after returning from what was supposed to be a 10th wedding anni-versary trip.</p><p>Kelly was diagnosed with a condition called SVT 15 years ago and has taken pills ever since with no occur-rence until her trip to Playa del Carmen in Mexico at the end of February. </p><p>Thats when the nightmare began.</p><p>After going for a swim, after two glori-ous days of having a lot of fun, Kelly started get-ting heart palpitations. </p><p>You need to call the doctor, said Kelly to Paul.</p><p>Her heart rate was </p><p>close to 200 beats per minute and this lasted more than 50 minutes before she made it to the closest hospital about five minutes from the hotel. Kelly said her heart condition hadnt caused her any prob-lems in the past but as she is getting older it can worsen. Kelly is in her mid-40s.</p><p>That level is danger-ous, it could turn into a heart attack, she said.</p><p>Thats when she real-ized that her life was worth just $2,000 US. The couple had pur-chased travel insur-ance, as they had done so many times in the past, but the private hospital they went to would not accept any insurance cards. They demanded the $2,000 up front even before a doctor would see her. It was up to the cou-ple to get reimbursed by the insurance company once they arrived home. Luckily their credit card went through and she was admitted. </p><p>I dont remember too much, said Kelly. </p><p>It was discovered she had tachycardia caused by dehydration. Her heart rate was stabi-lized and her enzymes brought down and her hospital stay extended for another 24 hours because of the risk of a heart attack. Another $1,000. They never </p><p>thought they would have to fork out for insurance - never told they would have to pay in advance. Phone calls to the phone num-bers on the back of the insurance card were unreachable, the ser-vice unacceptable.</p><p>All Kelly wanted was to go home.</p><p>Thats what were trying to get through to people, said Paul. Some Mexican hospi-tals wont accept insur-ance cards - only cash or credit card as in this case.</p><p>Their final bill at the hospital was $3,189.00 USD. They were not going to discharge Kelly </p><p>until the final amount was paid in full. They had money for a second week at the all-inclusive resort but that went to pay the medical bills. So they were stuck. No money, no place to stay and no flight out on Air Transat until the 14th of March.</p><p>They were told they </p><p>would have to find their own way home if they couldnt made the March 14 flight. Need-less to say, they will not fly with Air Transat ever again.</p><p>In the end it was WestJet that came to the rescue. The couple had Westjet dollars saved for a flight to </p><p>Toronto in the summer and they were able to use these and another $900 to fly home to Vic-toria.</p><p>At WestJet they said, dont worry, well get you home, said Paul. A stewardess named Katrina, when told of their ordeal, gave them a $500 credit towards their Toronto flight. The stewardess said that, as WestJet employees we can do this.</p><p>Now I wont deal with anyone else, said Paul of WestJet.</p><p>It caused a lot of anxiety, I got a lot of grey hairs over it and I dont want others to go through this, said Kelly.</p><p>The story isnt about the money, they said, it is about the need to be informed.</p><p>They want people to be aware that just because they have </p><p>travel insurance it doesnt mean they are covered. Its not the insurance, its the hos-pitals.</p><p>They have been helped by people and find it hard to take rather than give as they usually do.</p><p>Were not used to it, its hard to accept any-</p><p>thing, said Paul.Kelly said it has </p><p>always been just her and Paul and they get by.</p><p>Its life, she said. It happens.</p><p>For now they are tak-ing it easy, trying not to worry and stress them-selves out. They hope they have opened peo-ples eyes to what can happen and most of all they are apprecia-tive of our medical sys-tem where they have to treat you no matter what.</p><p>Here they have to treat you no matter what, in Mexico they dont care, my life was worth $2,000. I wont travel out of the coun-try anymore, said Kelly.</p><p>I hope our experi-ence has opened peo-ples eyes, said Paul.</p><p>Pirjo Raits photo</p><p>Paul and Kelly DeRocco try to fill out all of the paperwork after they were faced with unexpected medical expenses when they learned some Mexican hospitals will not deal with medical insurance. </p><p>In Mexico they dont care, my life was worth $2,000.</p><p>--Kelly DeRocco</p><p>Classifieds 27 75</p><p>Shelly@ShellyDavis.cawww.ShellyDavis.ca</p><p>Shelly Davis778-352-3535</p><p>Ellen Bergerud250-818-6441</p><p>#1 Real Estate Company in Canada for Sales last 4 Consecutive Years</p><p>Lorenda Simms250-217-5787</p><p>EllenBergerud@Shaw.caRealEstateSooke.com</p><p>LorendaSimms@gmail.comLorendaSimms.com</p><p> 1 acre built 2006 w/Year round creek Suite deal $445,000 Details ShellyDavis.ca</p><p>2.54 Acres on the edge of Point No Points Crashing Surf + Beauti -ful Home with Suite. Call Ellen.</p><p>Open Sat 1</p><p>-3 Wate</p><p>rfront!</p><p>Investors</p><p> 3 Living Spaces for Extended Family Rental Revenue, Huge Yard B&amp;B Potenti al. Call Lorenda</p><p>Sooke Offi ce: #1B-6631 Sooke Rd.Seaview Business Centre</p><p>250.642.6361</p><p>Sooke is Selling!2015 Sooke Home Sales: 532014 Sooke Home Sales: 300TAMMI DIMOCK</p><p>Personal Real Estate Corp.</p></li><li><p>2 www.sookenewsmirror.com Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR</p><p>process</p><p>This and ThaTWild ARC </p><p>Open House</p><p>Do you know where sick, injured and orphaned wildlife can get help in your com-munity? BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) helps distressed wild animals get back on their paws, claws and wings all year long, but theres only one time of year when commu-nity members can get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at wildlife reha-bilitation in action.</p><p>Wild ARCs Open House will take place between noon and 4 p.m. on March 28 and March 29 tour reser-vations are required, visit spca.bc.ca/tour-wildarc2015 to reserve. There is no charge for this family friendly event, but gifts of food and supplies to help care for the animals are much appreciated and a wish list is pro-vided with registration. Wild ARC is located at 1020 Malloch Road in Metchosin. Only 1,000 guests can be accom-modated during the two-day event, so reserve a spot today. </p><p>Things to consider As daylight savings </p><p>time is here, the Insur-ance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reminds people about maintenance as we move into spring.</p><p>IBCs top 10 things to do as daylight saving time begins are:</p><p>1. Test and maintain your smoke detectors.</p><p>Change batteries at least twice a year.</p><p>2. Check your CO detectors.</p><p>3. Review your fam-ilys emergency plan.</p><p>Ensure that you have a plan that works, and review it with family members to remind them what to do and where to go in case of an emergency.</p><p>4.Update your emer-gency kit.</p><p>5. Check your first-aid kit and replace any missing supplies.</p><p>6. Have your fuel-burning appliances inspected by a trained professional.</p><p>7. Check your chim-ney and vents.</p><p>Have a professional inspect these to ensure that everything is con-nected and in good con-dition and that nothing is blocked.</p><p>8. Check your cars tire pressure and fluid levels, and make sure all lights and signals are working.</p><p>9. Update your home inventory.</p><p>10. Review your home insurance policy.</p><p>If you have ques-tions, contact your insurance representa-tive. For further infor-mation, consumers </p><p>can contact IBCs Con-sumer Information Cen-tre (1-844-2ASK-IBC).</p><p>Bike Park Grand </p><p>OpeningSEAPARC and its </p><p>partners will be cele-brating the grand open-ing of the new Sooke Bike Park and Hike &amp; Bike Connector Trail on March 28 from 12 - 2 p.m. </p><p>The new bike park and trail creates the opportunity forpeople to be active and foster a connection with nature. </p><p>The project was made possible through a $75,000 grant from the CRD through the Active Transportation Innovative infrastruc-ture Funding Program with SEAPARC, the Dis-trict of Sooke and the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area as participants. SEAPARC committed a further $24,000 to the project. </p><p>When complete, the bike park will include a pump track, a circular hard-dirt surface with hills, and trail access that stretches from the end of Throup Road to SEAPARC. </p><p>Pirjo Raits photo</p><p>art patrons had an opportunity to view works of some of the areas artists. aivars Logins carvings of salmon drew a lot of attention.</p><p>Got News? Call the editor at 250-</p><p>642-5752 or email: edi-tor@sookenewsmirror-com. </p><p>Do you have a travel photo taken with the Mirror or a stunning Photo of the Week.? Send a good quality jpeg photo to the edi-tor.</p><p>2 www.sookenewsmirror.com WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR</p><p>process</p><p>SUPERSPECIALS</p><p>250-642-65096852 West Coast Road</p><p>Sooke, BC V9Z 0V2www.sookemarinecentre.com</p><p>Sales, Service &amp; Parts for all Outboard and Sterndrives</p><p>Save Your Back </p><p>Buy a NEW Trailer Jack!</p><p>Standing Cedars Acupuncture</p><p>Community ClinicMarch treatment SALE!</p><p>3 for $55 or 6 for $100</p><p>standingcedars.ca 250-893-5621Inside Sooke Yoga at The Hope Centre</p><p>See our services &amp; prices at:www.sookesoil.com</p><p>Come seeus for:</p><p> Garden wastedrop-off</p><p> Soil &amp; Mulches</p><p> Compost &amp; Manure Decorative Rock Sand &amp; Aggregates</p><p>Spring/Summer HoursStarted March 1</p><p>Open Mon-Sat 8am-5:30pmSunday 10am-2pm2810 Ramsden Road (in the 3300 block of Otter Point Road, a block west of Sooke Business Park)</p><p>NOW</p><p>Westburn Garden Centre2036 Idlemore Road</p><p>Locally owned &amp; operated</p><p>250-642-4689 </p><p>Fruit Trees Rhodos &amp; MaplesVeggies Pansies &amp; Violas</p><p>Open 7 Days! Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-4 </p><p>NEW ARRIVALS! </p><p>Westburn Westburn Garden CentreGarden CentreLots of in store specials!!</p><p>Westburn Garden Centre</p><p>New inventory arriving weekly</p><p>Lots of Deer Tolerant Plants!</p><p>$$ FREE MONEY $$Bottle Drives!!! </p><p>* Free Pick up for Bottle Drives</p><p>* FULL REFUND for</p><p>All Beverage Containers</p><p>* Immediate Payment</p><p>Please call to arrange date &amp; time.</p><p>SOOKE BOTTLE DEPOT250-216-6315250-744-8906 </p><p>name of organization</p><p>contact persons (2) names &amp; phone#</p><p>BONUS PRIZE: 6 hr cruise for 6 persons on the Duchess of Sooke value $500.00Bonus Prize can be used to increase profi ts for your organization by way of raffl e, auction or to reward your volunteers</p><p>Cut this ad out and return to driverto be eligible for Bonus Prize Draw</p><p>$$ FREE MONEY $$Bottle Drives!!! </p><p>* Free Pick up for Bottle Drives</p><p>* FULL REFUND for</p><p>All Beverage Containers</p><p>* Immediate Payment</p><p>Please call to arrange date &amp; time.</p><p>SOOKE BOTTLE DEPOT250-216-6315250-744-8906 </p><p>name of organization</p><p>contact persons (2) names &amp; phone#</p><p>BONUS PRIZE: 6 hr cruise for 6 persons on the Duchess of Sooke value $500.00Bonus Prize can be used to increase profi ts for your organization by way of raffl e, auction or to reward your volunteers</p><p>Cut this ad out and return to driverto be eligible for Bonus Prize Draw</p><p>$$ FREE MONEY $$Bottle Drives!!!</p><p>250-216-63152039 Idlemore , Sooke</p><p>All proceeds to EMCS Society Play andLearn Camp and the EMCS Student Acti viti es</p><p>Sookes First Community Scrabble Tournament</p><p>Saturday, March 28th, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.@ Edward Milne Community School</p><p>For more informati on and to pre-register phone theEMCS Society Program o ce @ (250) 642-6371</p><p>Take this coupon to the designated local retailer and start getting your kit together today! Offer runs from March 18 to June 17, 2015. Have your coupon signed by cashier, retain for next items. Only one coupon per customer please.SOOKE HOME HARDWARE - LifeStraw Personal and Martin Butane Stove on Special: See HH Ad at back of this paper for more great deals! (6626 Sooke Rd. 250-642-6366) Cashier sign: _______________________________________MIDWAY DISTRIBUTORS - 20% off: Any size tarp, tarp clips, rope. 1 only: Solar-charged LED flashlight &amp; USB power supply $30, reg. price: $42.95 (2074 Anna Marie Rd. 250-642-5201) Cashier sign: _______________________________VILLAGE FOODS MARKETS - 2 Serving Wise Company brand dehydrated meal pouches - 20% off - a good selection - Just add hot water (see stove above). (6661 Sooke Rd. 250-642-2734) Cashier sign: ___________________________________________________SHOPPERS DRUG MART Family First Aid kit $5 off - $24.99 , Reg. $29.99 + 1 Free Pack Presidents Choice Water w each First Aid Kit purchased! (4000-6660 Sooke Rd. 250-642-5229) Cashier sign: ______________________________TOTAL PREPARE INC. - 15% of their product line. A great selection of Disaster and Survival / Recovery supplies for your families needs. (48 Crease Ave. Victoria 778-265-5331) Cashier sign: _______________________________________FIELDS - 20% flashlights and lanterns. (6660 Sooke Rd., (250) 642-4455)Cashier sign: ___________________________________________________</p><p>Your Disaster Preparedness Gettin My Kit Together Coupon</p><p>Shirley Community Association </p><p>Spring Craft FairSunday, March 17, 2013</p><p>10:00 am to 4:00 pm</p><p>Shirley Community HallArtisans, Crafters, Baked Goods, Great Food</p><p>Shirley Community Association </p><p>Spring Craft FairSunday, March 17, 2013</p><p>10:00 am to 4:00 pm</p><p>Shirley Community HallArtisans, Crafters, Baked Goods, Great Food</p><p>Sunday, March 22, 201510:00 am to 4:00 pm</p></li><li><p>SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015 www.sookenewsmirror.com 3SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015 www.sookenewsmirror.com 3</p><p>SALMON WALK</p><p>ON SATURDAY, MARCH 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., see something fishy at the Charters River Salmon Interpretive Centre, 2895 Sooke River Rd.</p><p>DEMONSTRATION HATCHERY AND display with a CRD naturalist.</p><p>TAKE A HIKE MARCH 26, ADULT </p><p>Cougar Ridge hike from Roche Cove Regional Park along the Cedar Grove Trail to one of the most spectacular viewpoints in the region. Return via the Galloping Goose Trail. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. </p><p>JOIN A CRD Regional Parks naturalist on the hike. </p><p>WEAR STURDY SHOES and bring water and a lunch. Free vent but please pre-register by calling 250-478-3344.</p><p>CORRECTIONIN A STORY on page </p><p>5 in the March 11 edition of the Sooke News Mirror our proof readers missed the misspelling of Peter Wilfords name. We apologize for the error. Sorry Pete.</p><p> UpSooke</p><p>Thumbs Up</p><p>Pirjo Raits photos</p><p>CAMERAS ROLLING</p><p>The Sooke Harbour House will be occupied for the next two weeks with crews and actors working on a Hallmark movie of the week, The Last Resort. </p><p>The name of the inn will become the Maple Bay Resort for the film.</p><p>The television movie is being directed by Michael M. Scott and produced by Harvey Kahn. </p><p>SOOKE MIDGET A won 4-3 against Terrace last weekend in Dawson Creek, lost against Okanagan 6-0 they played Cranbrook Mar. 17, and won 4-1 and advance to the cross-overs.</p><p>IMDb photos</p><p>Paul Johanss...</p></li></ul>